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2024 meeting dates

The committee has scheduled meetings almost every month but will only meet if there are applications to review that month. All deadlines are at 4pm, and are usually minimum of 2 weeks before the committee meeting date.

The dates below only apply to applications that require full committee review but we advise you submit all applications for ethical review will in advance of these deadlines. This will make sure your application can be reviewed in time to be included in the papers for the next 

SGREC meeting dates.

Meeting date

Deadline for applications

Thursday 25 April, 4-6pm

11 April 2024

Monday 20th May, 4-6pm

6 May 2024

Thursday 20th June, 4-6pm

5 June 2024

Thursday 18th July, 4-6pm

3 July 2024

Thursday 19th September, 4-6pm

 4 September 2024

Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions are being run by the Research Ethics and Integrity officer weekly (Tuesday's 3-4pm) via this Teams Link. 

If there are issues with the link you can access the Drop-in via the Meeting ID and Passcode below. Please note that there may be a wait time if there is a queue.

Meeting ID: 358 955 084 884

Passcode: 7KjLMk

You can also contact the Research Ethics & Integrity Officer via email at any time with any questions/queries you may have. 

Committee members

Professor Paul Heath SGREC Chair from March 2019 to Present – Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases [I&I]

Professor Paul Heath, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St George’s University of London & St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, London. His training in paediatrics and infectious diseases was at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and St George’s Hospital, London. His particular research interests are in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, in clinical vaccine trials, particularly in at-risk groups and in perinatal infections. He coordinates a European neonatal infection surveillance network (neonIN) and the UK Paediatric Vaccine Group (UKPVG), and other recent work includes national surveillance on neonatal meningitis, neonatal GBS and Listeria infections, maternal immunisation trials and studies of different vaccine schedules in preterm infants. He sits on national UK committees concerned with meningitis, Group B streptococcus prevention and on immunisation policies in children.

He is Chair of the Research Committee of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Associate Chief Editor of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal and Clinical Lead for Children’s research for the South London Clinical Research Network.

Dr Paris Ataliotis – SGREC Deputy Chair from April 2020 to present - Senior Lecturer in Development Genetics [IMBE]

Dr Ataliotis is involved in general and specialised teaching to undergraduate students on the Biomedical Science BSc, as well as course organisation and assessment. He also teaches and supervises postgraduate research students at Master's and PhD levels. He has worked previously as a Senior Research Fellow in Professor Peter Scambler's group at the Institute of Child Health. This group was instrumental in identifying the genetic cause of 22q11DS and exploring the contribution of individual genes to this disorder, using mouse, chick and frog model systems.

Dr Ataliotis completed his PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University College London, where, with colleagues from the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), he helped to develop Immortomouse. This genetically modified mouse permits the isolation of immortal cell lines (cells that continue dividing indefinitely) from a variety of embryonic and adult tissues.

Dr Ataliotis's PhD was preceded by 3 years at the National Institute for Medical Research as a Research Officer, studying desmosome cell junctions with Professor Tony Magee, and prior to this a BSc in Biochemistry at Manchester University.

Dr Christopher Carroll - Lecturer in Human Genetics (MCS)

Dr Christopher Carroll is a Lecturer in Human Genetics at St. George’s, University of London. His research focuses on understanding the genetic causes of rare inherited neurological and metabolic diseases, with focus on mitochondrial disorders. He completed a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, followed by an Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Helsinki where he investigated the molecular mechanisms of inherited mitochondrial diseases. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses and supervises students undertaking their research projects in his group.

Georgia Bullock - Research Development & Governance Manager [JRES]

Georgia has a background in nursing and has worked in clinical research for around 20 years. She is currently the Research Development and Governance Manager at St George’s and is mainly responsible for the set-up and oversight of interventional clinical trials led by St George’s.

Chantelle Simpson – SGREC Secretary from August 2022 to Present, Research Ethics and Integrity Officer [JRES]

Chantelle has worked in a number of research roles over the last 10+ years across a number of NHS trusts, these roles have varied from working within the research study team to being apart of R&D. Chantelle has worked in Data Management roles, Co-ordinator roles and was previously the Clinical Research Auditor here at St Georges. She is the sole contact for research ethics applications and manages the SGREC email inbox. She also runs training sessions, workshops and hosts drop-in sessions accessible for all staff and students to educate and advise them on Research Ethics and Integrity.

Gill Mein - Senior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing

She has been Faculty Research Ethics Lead for five years. She has seen the ethics committee develop from a traditional in person committee to an online committee where she oversaw all the applications from staff and students in the Faculty before sending them out for a second review and decisions.

She is also currently involved in two research projects collaborating with colleagues at SGUL, and external collaborators.

Her teaching includes BSc and MSc students of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nurses and midwives in the joint Faculty. She is a module lead for the Practical Data Analysis module in the CPF programme at SGUL. She teaches mainly research methods, but also, health promotion, social inequalities in health, and managing dementia.

She has loved her time as faculty Ethics lead, she felt it kept her updated with current research projects, and helped her identify the future teaching students need.

Dr Kate Everett - Reader In Human Genetics

Dr Kate Everett is a Reader in Human Genetics with a particular interest in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has a busy educational portfolio teaching across many SGUL undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Dr Everett supervises BSc and MSc project students, hoping to bring the world of modern genomics alive for them, through active "gene-hunting".  She is currently the Deputy head of the Graduate School with oversight for all postgraduate taught programmes.  

Prior to joining SGUL in 2010, Dr Everett was based at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, and before that had completed her MPhil and PhD at Cambridge University.   She also has PGDip in the Ethics of Medical Research and Biotechnology.

Clare Thornbury - Clinical Research Associate (JRES)

Clare currently works as a Clinical Research Associate in infectious disease trials at St George’s University. She completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of New South Wales before completing a Masters in Pharmacy at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has worked at various hospitals in Australia as a registered Pharmacist before moving to London.

Promi Kamali - Clinical Trial Coordinator

Promi is a Clinical Trial Coordinator at the Centre for Neonatal and Paediatric Infection at St George’s, University of London. Promi graduated from UCL with a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry before completing an MRes in Clinical Research (Translational Medicine) at Imperial College London. Currently, Promi coordinates a number of CTIMP and non-CTIMP clinical trials at the Vaccine Institute.

Dr Elizabeth Staddon - Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development

Elizabeth is a Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development at St George’s within the Centre for Innovation and Development in Education (CIDE). She has held educational development roles in higher education settings for the past seventeen years, teaching education research methods and ethics, and supervising staff on Masters programmes in academic practice.  

Elizabeth holds Masters degrees in Ethics & Social Philosophy and Psychology of Education, and a PhD in Education. She has completed mixed methods and qualitative research projects on aspects of higher education teaching and learning, and has a strong interest in philosophical theories behind ethical decision-making.

Samantha Laws – Lecturer in the Multi-Professional Education Section

Samantha Laws is a paramedic by background and a Lecturer in the Multi-Professional Education Section at St. George’s, University of London. This section delivers masters level education to a range of different professionals including paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dietitians. Her teaching is mainly about medicines and evidence based practice and she supervises students undertaking their MSc projects. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Cardiff University in patient safety, investigating how the process by which patients are non-conveyed following the attendance of an ambulance occurs in real clinical practice. Her other research is about paramedic practice. 

Daniela Vasile - Student Representative

Dani is a first year Physiotherapy student at St. George’s University of London and soon to be Certified Integrated Healing Modalities Practitioner. Her passions lie in healthcare, promoting human rights and holistic wellbeing. Previous work spans from acting as Senior Campaign Leader in Human Rights at Amnesty International, Clinical Operations Consultant for EU Pharma and Biotech market to Physiotherapy Assistant in the Acute Medical Department at Lewisham NHS Trust. Through her varied experience Dani has developed a keen interest in research integrity and ethics, especially in the context of small clinical trials. 

Hamin Lee - Student Representative 

Hamin Lee is an MRC LID PhD candidate interested in mitochondrial diseases and mice models. He first obtained an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at KCL where biomedical scientific interests were cultivated. Following his interested, he proceeded to study MRes in SGUL which gave him the foundations of research where the core principles and intricacies of research was experienced. For his master’s project, he studied a mouse model of mitochondrial disease, utilising various molecular biology techniques to accurately characterise the mice. Afterwards, he went on to work in Henry Houlden’s lab in UCL institute of neurology, one of the biggest rare neurological disease centres in Europe. There he was exposed to the processes of genetic analysis, such as dissecting exome sequencing data, validation protocols and quality control experiments to ensure the highest level of research was produced. His journey led him back to his master’s lab where he will be leveraging the latest multi-omic technologies to deeply phenotype the mouse model for his PhD.

Sabrin F. Mohamed - Student Representative

Sabrin is a medical student at St. George’s University of London and has an interest across various aspects of research within higher academia. During her four years at university, she has specialised in ‘Medical Ethics and Law’ and has covered ‘Clinical Ethics’ and ‘Research Ethics’ in depth. In applying her skills, she has conducted her research study into the ethics and legalities of assisted dying wherein she underwent ethics approval in order to publish her primary data. Whilst working with Dr Southgate, Sabrin has understood various aspects of the role of a senior principal investigator such as the application of grant approvals as well as reading and analysing data using bioinformatic tools like FinchTV and Chromas. She wishes to pursue a career as a Clinical Academic.

Lay Members

Nahiedh Khan - Legal adviser at UK Ministry of Justice and Lawyer

Solicitor PQE of 9 years. I specialise in Criminal law, Extradition law & Confiscation law. I practice & advice in the magisterial court system. Dealing with petty criminals to sophiscated crime work, which can have an element of enforcement work to it.

Sue Alexander - Home Maker

Sue has much experience volunteering. Such experience include; Westmidlands probation service, Narco (Birmingham), Citzen's Advice Bureau, Scope (working for the disabled charity), The Mix (Working with troubled children). Sue can offer a great insight into everyday life problems but in addition to working closely with people with disabilities and troubled children - she is able to offer advice on those issues.

Dr Victor Paul Olisa - QPM

Victor served as a police officer for 35 years. He joined Surrey Police in 1982 straight from university. 

 He transferred to City of London Police in 1990 and worked in various roles, including the Fraud Squad as Detective Inspector. In 2003 he was seconded to the Home Office to work on Stop and Search, which involved advising Ministers on policy and chief police officers on good practice. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He transferred on promotion to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 2006 and in 2012 was promoted to Chief Superintendent and worked in Bexley and Haringey as Borough Commander. In 2016 he headed the MPS Diversity and Inclusion Unit.  In 2017, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service. After retirement in 2017 he worked as a Visiting Fellow at LSE. He is a visiting lecturer at Universities of Portsmouth, Liverpool John Moores and West London. He joined the Board of Governors at NACRO in May 2020.

Damion Bailey - Education, Workforce & Professional Development Lead at GSTT

Damion has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, initially qualifying as a Radiographer before undertaking postgraduate education in Nuclear Medicine.  He is currently working as the Education, Workforce and Professional Development Lead in Nuclear Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.  His role involves promoting and supporting the education and training of the multi-disciplinary Nuclear Medicine workforce at a local and national level, in addition to research and audit.  Damion completed his Master of Research degree at SGUL and has an interest in professional identity.

Previous Committee Members
  • Sandra Ashton – Chair (July 2017 - 2019) Research Technician, Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute
  • Rachel Allen – Deputy Chair Reader in Immunology of Infection and Head of the Graduate School
  • Carole Beighton – External Lay Member
  • Zoe Ilivitsky – Student Representative
  • Dr Thushari Welikala – Lecturer in Higher Education, King's Learning Institute, King's College London.
  • Dr Penny Lympany – Senior Laboratory Manager, St. George's, University of London
  • Debbie Rolfe – Former Regulatory Assurance Manager, Joint Research and Enterprise Services
  • Subhir Bedi – Head of Research Governance and Delivery, JRES
  • Ali Alshukry – Research Governance and Delivery Manager
  • Nabilla Waise – Research Ethics Coordinator / SGREC Secretary [JRES]
  • Dr Saranne Weller – Reader in Higher Education Practice and Development
  • Harley Manning – Lay Member
  • Dr Sarah Jane White - Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics [PH]
  • Peter R Brown - BVetMed BA (Hons) MSc (VetGP) MRCVS / External Lay Member
  • Suzie McCluney – External / Lay member
  • John Ward - Student Representative
  • May Al-Shawk - Student Representative
  • Dr Malou van Zanten - SGUL Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute, Senior Research Practitioner 
  • Miguel Sequeira Campos - Surgical Academic Foundation Doctor, St George`s NHS Trust
  • Elizabeth Stovold - SGUL, Research Data Support Manager
  • Faazia Khan - Student Representative
  • Elena Svirderskaya - SGUL, Senior Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Dr Angelika Kristek - Research Ethics and Integrity Officer
  • Dr Irina Chis Ster – Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics [I&I]
  • Dr Michelle Harricharan - Research Data Support Manager [Library]
  • Alice Reid – Clinical Research Associate [JRES]
  • Hannah Johnson - Phd Student Representative
  • Dr Bridget Bax – Reader in Rare Diseases [MCS]
  • Professor Philip Cooper - Professor of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases [I&I]
  • Dr Michael Perkin – Reader in Clinical Epidemiology and Consultant in Paediatric Allergy [PH]
  • Ella Whittle – Phd Student Representative
Annual reports
SGREC policies

The SGREC operates under the following regulations.

These documents are reviewed every year at the last SGREC meeting of the year.


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